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LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...wood pellets, and I wanted an energy source that was both environmentally responsible and local. Also, wood pellets are an inexpensive way to heat a home. We are also fortunate in Quebec to have an abundant source of clean and renewable energy, so along with the pellet stove the house has an electric furnace, though it...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...wood walls instead of drywall: most of the interior surfaces, walls and cathedral ceiling are finished with plywood panels that are urea-formaldehyde free with zero VOC binders . Polished concrete floor: The decision to polish and seal the concrete slab as a finished floor means no additional wood flooring on the mai...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade without risk of cupping and cracking. Such wood can be found pre-finished so you don’t have the detrimental health effects from the VOC's from varnish applied onsite, or you can purchase raw wood and apply a non-toxic natural wood fini...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...Wood Windows: Pros : Wood is a natural, renewable resource and has comparatively good insulation value; it can be finished naturally or with any paint colour; wood is among the more affordable of frame materials. Cons: It require regular ongoing maintenance and are susceptible to moisture and insect damage; it's ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

Natural building insulation materials In order to combat the climate change impact of the built environment, natural insulation materials such as hemp insulation, cellulose, wood fiber and grass insulation help us meet emission targets because they act as carbon storage. We are living in a time when the embodied ene...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) is run out of The Living City Campus at Kortright, ON, where you can find The Archetype Sustainable House (ASH) . The two houses act as a living laboratory with more than 400 calibrated sensors that monitor the performance of the buildings' systems. There is also an on...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...wood than stud framing. Reduced waste: FabCab utilizes state of the art computerized cutting machines that minimize waste. This creates precise, high quality assemblies, and reduces delays. Energy efficiency: Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating ...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...sustainable building materials - which also means that it can be specified and supplied as Novoclimat or Zero Net Energy Ready too. (If you're in a warm climate, take a look at these shipping container homes for inspiration instead.) Le Refuge - Design, practicality, energy-performance & affordability in one home T...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade without risk of cupping and cracking. Such wood can be found pre-finished so you don’t have the detrimental health effects from the VOC's from varnish applied onsite, or you can purchase raw wood and apply a non-toxic natural wood fi...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...wood: If there are trees that have to come down, see about finding a use for them. Hire someone with a portable mill and build with wood from your lot. Rather than carting it away to a land fill or burning it off, build with it. Not only is it local, you can save money. 4. Look into small eco-developments An increa...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...sustainable construction below and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages . Which rigid foam insulation panels to use where - Polyiso v EPS v Styrofoam & alternatives Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel vs. concrete buildings Why building a green sustainable home is the most affordable opt...